Australians vote to determine conservative government future

Polls opened across Australia on Saturday Voters to decide Whether Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s conservative government will defy the odds and rule for a fourth three-year term.

The centre-left Labor Party of opposition leader Anthony Albanese is the favorite to win the first election since 2007.

But Morrison defied the polls in 2019 by leading his coalition to a narrow victory.

His coalition has the largest number of majority – 76 out of 151 seats in the House of Representatives, where parties need a majority to form a government.

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The two leaders will campaign in Melbourne on Saturday before a vote in their hometown of Sydney.

The first polling stations on the east coast of the country will close at 6pm local time (1.30pm IST). West Coast is two hours late.

Because of the pandemic, more than 48% of Australia’s 17 million voters have either voted early or applied for postal votes, which will likely slow the count.

Voting is compulsory for adult citizens and 92% of registered voters cast ballots in the last election.

Early voting for travel or work reasons started two weeks ago and the Australian Electoral Commission will continue to collect votes by mail for another two weeks.

The government changed regulations on Friday to enable people recently infected with Covid-19 to vote by phone.

Australian Elections Commissioner Tom Rogers said more than 7,000 polling stations opened as planned and on time across Australia despite 15% of polling staff this week infected with Covid-19 and the flu.

Albanese said he believed Morrison would have called the election last weekend because Australia’s prime minister is expected to attend Tuesday’s Tokyo summit with US President Joe Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“If we get a clear result today, the prime minister will be on a plane to Tokyo on Monday, which is not ideal, I must say, immediately after the election campaign,” Albanese said.

Analysts said Morrison left the election until his last date to give him more time to roll back Labor’s lead in the opinion polls.

Business promises more spending on child and elderly care. The alliance promises better economic management as Australia’s deficit rises due to the pandemic.

Morrison said his government, if re-elected, would cut taxes while putting downward pressure on interest rates and the cost of living.

“It’s choosing who can best run our economy and our money because a strong economy is what guarantees your future,” Morrison said.

Keeping a close eye on Newspoll is published in Australian Saturday’s newspaper put Labor ahead with 53% of voter support.

The poll of 2,188 voters across Australia from May 13-19 had a margin of error of 2.9%.

In the last election in 2019, the vote split between government and labor was 51.5% to 48.5% – the opposite of the result predicted by Australia’s top five opinion polls including Newspoll.

In addition to campaigning against Labour, Morrison’s conservative Liberal Party is resisting a new challenge from so-called independent candidates to re-elect key government lawmakers in party strongholds.

Teal independents are marketed as a shade of greener than the traditional blue of the Liberal Party and want stronger government action to reduce Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions than the government or Labor is suggesting.

The government aims to cut Australia’s emissions 26% to 28% below 2005 levels by 2030. Employment has promised a 43% reduction.

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